Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Princess Kaylee Bed is now complete

Wow what a Christmas here, I have been working feverishly to finish a couple of projects myself for some of the family members. I now have a bit of time to share a project with you that I had a lot of fun building for my little two year old niece. As you can see from the title of this blog I call it the Princess Kaylee bed. Actually it is a headboard only and standard bed frame is attached. Little Kaylee is in love with Tinkerbell so I thought what more could a little girl want but to have her own princess bedroom where she can wake up every morning to tell mommy she is a princess. The headboard is just over seven feet tall to the top of the flags mounted on the towers. The towers have windows cut in with carved stone surrounding them. The images of Tinkerbell that I found on the internet and printed onto photo paper. There is a shelf mounted inside the tower so the image can be placed inside from the top and is easily changeable. There are lights mounted inside the tower that provide accent lighting for the windows and to serve as a night light. The under cabinet 20 watt puck lights work great in this application. There is a shelf mounted on top of the castle wall for displaying anything that a little girl would wish in here princess room. Overall I am very satisfied and thrilled with the way this turned out and I know one little girl who is extremely happy to have here room transformed into a princess's bedroom. For more information on how to purchase a custom headboard or other pieces of furniture just send me an email and I will be sure to help you out in any way possible.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Welcoming Hans Gottsacker to The Craftsmans Woodshop

I want to welcome Hans Gottsacker to The Craftsman's Woodshop. Hans Gottsacker is a student at Northern Michigan University studying woodworking. He is currently working on obtaining his BFA in Art and Design with a woodworking emphasis. Hans's work is truly unique and he does a lot with wood bending and sculpture type pieces. Being in an academic environment, he is constantly surrounded by fresh concepts and works close to a large variety artists. A very adaptable and growing artist that is currently creating sculptural artifacts that may function for utility or visual experience. Hans gets much of his inspiration from from different facets of his life experiences. He is always in flux and attempting to learn new concepts that can adapt to everyday life of the end user. His pieces reflect a contemporary flavor that boast with utilitarian practicality. View Hans Gottsacker's Collection Page here.

Antique Gun Display

Joe Truehart recently finished a piece that I have added to my collection page. This was a commissioned piece that was made as a Christmas gift for my clients husband. She contacted me wanting a gun rack for her husbands cherished antique guns but she wanted it to be special and different from those other racks that she was seeing on the internet. So after pondering a few days about the options and looking at hundreds of other displays I drew this concept and presented it to her. She loved the concept and gave me the go ahead. I used hickory as the main backdrop and made a frame around that with walnut and red oak. The interesting thing about this is how the guns are mounted to the board. I made blocks out of walnut that elevate the guns from the backboard and then fit a leather strap into a slot. The strap then looped around the gun and the other end was attached to a gun swivel. I like the use of leather with military displays since it provides a bit of nostalgia and really fits with the look and feel of the piece.

Welcome to Jack Berberich

I wanted to welcome Jack Berberich to The Craftsman's Woodshop. Jack makes some incredible pieces which are customized for his clients. Here are some examples of his work.